How to Learn from an Expert (and Your Professors) in Your Field of Study

College professors teach and research a wide variety of topics; humanities, science, business,  computer science, engineering, law, etc.  These professors are hired at colleges because they are extremely knowledgeable and generally experts in their field. They have a vast array of experience and firsthand knowledge gained through study or their professional careers.  They can connect students with influential authorities in the community who can provide career perspectives.  They can recommend students for jobs, projects, and internship opportunities. So, the smartest plan as a student to learn and excel is by getting to know your academic scholars. At Coastline College we have some of the best, check them out here.   

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Invest in You

Investing in a college education is still the smartest investment you can make and the faculty and staff at Coastline are committed to your success, by providing an up-close and personal experience for our students. We spoke with some of these professors and faculty members and asked them for their advice about what is the best way for students to learn from experts.   

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Planning Your Career

Career Counselor, Paolo Varquez runs the Career Center at the Fountain Valley Campus which provides career services including career development tools, knowledge, and skills needed to improve career marketability and competitiveness in the 21st-century workplace. Paolo also teaches career and life planning and as he says we are living in a digital world, so he advises:

  1.  Students should create an online profile that shows academic and professional work experience.  
  2. Build relationships with your professors, reach out to those who can be mentors, and some may be able to help you gather work experience in your field of study. They may be able to help you find internships. They can recommend conferences to attend and as a student, the benefits are the costs to participate are usually highly discounted.   
  3. Join organizations and associations within your field of study and actively network.   
  4. Read biographies on authorities in your field of study to learn how they became successful in their careers and help find a strategy for your career pathway.  

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Paralegal Path

As an example of how this has worked for students within our Paralegal Department, Department Chair and professor, Stephen Barnes, (a lawyer as well), says one of the best ways for a Paralegal student to learn about their field is to join the local Orange County Paralegal Association. The OCPA holds monthly student sections meetings with presentations of various experts from the legal community.  This provides students not only the opportunity to learn from experts in the field who have been where the students are sitting but is also an opportunity to network with other students and paralegals working in law firms or corporations who may be hiring in the future.  

Another beneficial way Professor Barnes recommends learning from experts in the field is to volunteer at the Veteran’s Legal Institute, Legal Aid Society, local courthouse or other community organizations. Students will be given hands-on experience that is invaluable to their future career.  These pro-bono activities are also great for networking. You never know when one of the attorneys working as a volunteer will be hiring or know of someone who is hiring.   

“Sometimes finding a job happens by being in the right place at the right time,” says Barnes. 

Professor Stephen Barnes

If you expand your network through joining the local paralegal association and/or volunteering for pro bono community organizations, you are more likely to be in the right place when the opportunity arises.   

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Account Me In

Professor Kevin Erdkamp is the chair of the Accounting Department and is a CPA as well. He says college students that study accounting can join both national and state-based professional accounting organizations of professionals for free. The national organization is the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  The California state-based one is California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). Both organizations have local events that are free or low cost for students to attend.  Some paid events may have scholarships so students can attend for free.

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Internships

While these are great organizations, Professor Kevin Erdkamp says the quickest way to success is to volunteer and or do an internship with firms and organizations that offer them.  Coastline has an income tax preparation site called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance that is a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and United Way, where students can volunteer to gain important job skills. Volunteers can start as greeters and work their way up to literally preparing real tax returns for our local taxpayers by taking classes at Coastline. Internships are more competitive for students to get than a volunteer position, but they can be a great way for students and potential employers to learn about each other before a student graduates.

These are some examples getting to know your professors can help guide you in your pathway as a student to your prospective rewarding future in your chosen endeavor.   These professors are vital resources who can have a significant impact on that potential successful life. Reach out, connect, and network with your academic scholars, you never know where it can lead.     

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Local Middle School Student Highlights Coastline’s Cybersecurity Program in Fullerton Observer

If you have not heard already, Coastline’s Cybersecurity Department produces local programs, events, and camps for interested members of the community including specialty programs for young students, which was recently attended by middle school student, Francine V. Feeling inspired and encouraged in her interest, Francine shared her experience with the Fullerton Observer about upcoming Coastline events, information about Cybersecurity and her time with Cyber Tech Girls, a program that encourages middle and high school female students in the field of Computer Science.

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Fullerton Observer Article

If you’re in middle school and you want to learn more about cybersecurity, Troy High School is holding free training every Thursday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, in preparation for the CyberPatriot XII National Competition on March 19-23, 2020 in Maryland.

Troy High School was the 2018 and 2019 national champion and their champion team-members are helping to train middle school students.  No experience is needed and all you have to do is join your school’s CyberPatriot Club so your school can help you sign up.

First of all, what is a CyberPatriot?  According to the AFA CyberPatriot website, “CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.”

Francine V. original Article. *Article has been altered to maintain privacy.

This program was started by the Air Force in 2009.  There are many features associated with the program including CyberPatriot competitions, free training, CyberPatriot clubs in schools and the Cyber Tech Girls (CTG), organized to encourage more middle and high school female students to gain interest in computer science. The reason this program was created is not only to address the lack of female professionals in the cyber security industry, but also, according to GenCyber Program Director Tobi West, professor of Coastline College, “It is imperative that female students are encouraged to enjoy experiences related to cybersecurity in a fun, no-pressure environment.  These types of experiences can help guide and develop future interest in cybersecurity education and professions.”

An example of a job in cyber security is Cyber Security Consultant with an average salary of $100,000.  These professionals play both the attacker and the defender.  They determine the weaknesses of a computer system and figure out how to strengthen it to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities.

If you are interested in any cyber security program, you can join upcoming events such as the CyberTech Expo 2019 on October 18 from 6-9pm and/or CTF (Capture the Flag) Cyber Defense Competition for Beginners on *October 19 from 9am – 2pm, all happening at Coastline College in Garden Grove.

*This article has been revised by Coastline College as the event is now October 19th.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Initially evolving from a “Day of Unity” in 1981, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The focus of the month is to shed light on what domestic/relationship violence is. Often, domestic violence happens behind closed doors and numerous occasions people are ashamed, embarrassed, or not sure of their situation. However, three in four people know someone who has been involved in a Domestic Violence case. Through awareness, we are able to empower survivors to seek help, speak out, and not stay silent. 

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Why College Grads Earn A Million More Than Those Who Don’t Go

To be, or not to be,” that is the question asked by William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet.  The proverbial question one asks oneself when growing up is;  what do I want to be, who do I want to become, or what career do I want, to have a nice life and make a good living?  With all these questions, comes the next step, do I need to go to college to achieve my chosen goal? 

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Ten Ways to Reduce the Cost of Finishing College

money saving for education in the glass bottle for money concept.

If the thought of paying for college may seem overwhelming, we have some great tips to help you cut your college costs along the way. If you are a student currently enrolled at Coastline College, then you have already made one of the smartest decisions to reduce the cost of your college education. This 2019 academic year more than 20 million students are attending colleges nationwide. The average total cost of public colleges per year is $25,290 (in-state) $40,940 (out-of-state) and for private colleges: $50,900. Let’s find out how to knock down that price tag…

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BE “IN-THE-KNOW” YOUR FIRST WEEK AT COASTLINE

Welcome! The faculty, management, and staff of Coastline College are excited to welcome you to the Fall 2019 term. We look forward to supporting you every step of the way as you pursue and achieve your academic goals. All of our caring personnel are eager to help and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to explore our extensive student support services and take advantage of all that’s available to you!

Classes begin the week of Monday, August 26th!

*IMPORTANT*- DROPPING CLASSES & REFUNDS

If you decide not to attend one or more of the classes in which you are enrolled, you need to drop the classes by the refund deadline. Refer to your Student Class Program, Web Schedule Bill for drop dates for each of your courses to ensure the fees are cancelled. For a successful start to your semester, follow these steps:

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10 Reasons Why You Should Become a Student at Coastline College

There is a lot of talk going on about whether or not you should go to college. But once you decide to go, then what? There are so many factors to consider when picking a higher institution from should I save money and go to community college or should I head to a state college? How does one begin to sift through all the information to make a choice?

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Why Should You Attend Coastline College? The Leader of Innovative Education

If you’re a student you may not care what Coastline College did 43 years ago to change the way higher education was taught for students back then, however, sometimes to move forward one needs to look back to see how and why a college will work for you as a student today and tomorrow. One way is by understanding the innovations that built the strength and standing of the institution you’re are exploring. For tomorrow, when you are applying for that new job, you will want to know the reputation of the college will still hold as you build a resume. In fact, in a job interview, you may be asked, “Why did you choose Coastline?” You will want to be ready with a good answer. And the following are some of those reasons why.

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